Okinawa's most iconic Goya Champuru is a stir fry dish with bitter melon, tofu, egg, and pork belly. I can’t wait to share our Travel Blog Post with Okinawa recipes in coming months! This is an Okinawan style stir-fry dish and, as the name suggests, it is a mix of different ingredients. Thank you for sharing the story with us!Thank you! My mom used to stir fry it with eggs. There are many variations of goya champru.The recipe and instructions below belong to Ms Keiko Higa - Okinawa Goodwill Ambassador & Cooking Specialist.While there is no right or wrong way to cook goya champru, her goya champru is one of the tastiest among the many variations.Here are 4 traditional Okinawan cuisine cooking recipes and instructions by one of the best Okinawan cooking specialists, Keiko Higa. So when I discovered that older Okinawans not only ate pork but loved it, I thought their example must be an outlier — that they were living long despite pork. It’s now my 2 year old son’s toy and he loves “Champu-chan”. Just One Cookbook is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to It’s a homey comfort food from Okinawa, Japan that highlights the island prefecture’s long history with the United States. We got to try a lot of different kinds of champuru. That’s amazing! Buy our best-selling e-cookbook full of 33 easy and simple Japanese recipes!

This is an Okinawan style stir-fry dish and, as the name suggests, it is a mix of different ingredients. We both have been part of the OCSI team since 2011. Hope I can get to do that this winter!Ive been wanting to try bitter melon for awhile because it is supposed to be good for diabetes.

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You can also add other vegetables of your choice, such as carrot, … My father grows bitter melon and happily shared his recent harvest with me. I don’t mind too much, but my husband is especially sensitive to bitter and tart flavors. Hi Joyce! Japanese is usually salt or blanch method. Finely chop the other ingredients into pieces. We must embrace bitterness to enjoy the dish. Soak the dried hijiki and shiitake mushroom into water. "People…Why Japan’s longest-lived women hold the key to better health Going on like day 9 now. It brings so much flavor (to hide bitterness) and tofu + egg makes the bitter taste mild eating all together.

I could not get enough of it! I am the lead teacher in our Pre-K classroom. I made it without eggs. For the cooking method, we saute onions, garlic, tomatoes then the meat (usually pork belly). What they ate, in the end, was the high-protein collagen.As healthful as they were, some of these Okinawan food traditions foundered mid-century. Instead of adding more soy sauce, use salt to enhance the flavor.Add the beaten eggs and add to the frying pan. Oh yeah, Korean dashi is delicious and definitely works for this recipe!

Studies have also shown positive correlations between eating bitter melon and the prevention or reduction in tumor growth for cervical, prostate, and breast cancer patients.Bitter melon is a source of many different antioxidants that make it a powerful defense mechanism against illnesses in the body.Bitter melon’s season in Japan is from July to September. But my hubby and sons don’t like it at all because they were born in the US.Hi Jessie! I’ve heard of jaggery before. is just beyond my comprehension !Hi Eha! Thank you for trying them out!

There are many variations of goya champru. I didn’t know about bitter melon eaten in the Philippines but now I know! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe. Set the kasuo dashi aside for now.Cut your pork belly slices into small bites, about 1 to 1 ½ inch pieces.Heat a large frying pan and add 1 Tbsp oil and put tofu in the pan.Add 1 Tbsp oil to the same frying pan.